California’s second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, held annually on the first Saturday in October, focused on the significant role of water industry professionals in ensuring the delivery of safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water. Throughout the state, water utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission organized programs and events to educate customers, policymakers, and other key audiences on the value of water and wastewater services while showcasing careers in the water industry.

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established by Senate Concurrent Resolution 80 (SCR 80) in 2017. SCR 80 was authored by Senator Bill Dodd and sponsored by a coalition led by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and included the California Water Association. This year’s Water Professionals Appreciation Week ran from October 6-14. A toolkit with background information, suggested activities, videos, social media content, and graphics is available in the resource section of ACWA’s website at

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